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U16 Tour to Italy

The U16s squad and supporters left Galwegians on Friday morning at 2.30 am with 4 coaches Cian and Eamon Hornibrook, Niall Beatty and myself. Got through the airport shenanigans without breaking a sweat.

The party eventually arrived at the Best Western Treviso and settled in for food.

They then played a really slick regional team at 6.30 pm in freezing and wet conditions at the Ghirada Soorts Centre. The boys, though tired, put up a great fight until the second half.

Many of the new players got their chance against a well oiled machine and a somewhat confusing definition of the offside rule! Must have been the language.

Treviso ran out the winners and we joined them for food and watched the Italian match afterwards. A lovely occasion and great rugby.

On Saturday morning after a scrumptious breakfast the boys travelled to support Connacht v Treviso. It was a fantastic occasion in blazing sunshine, and what a result.

John Muldoon led his team over to us and applauded the boys: It must have been their singing. TG4 captured a few of the lads on TV also.

Next was the Ireland match at the stadium and afterwards home-made local pizza and Tiramisu in a little pizzeria beside the hotel! Perfect.

Next day was Sunday and we hit Venice for the day. A truly beautiful city and a little culture for the boys. While it was Baltic, that beast from the east did not interfere. A lovely time shopping and sight seeing. Still lost no boys!

On return, it was pasta while Niall dished out awards for various achievements to all the players in our now favorite pizza restaurant in Italy: Pasta Madre beside the hotel, run by Christian Furlan who was a life saver for us.

Finally it was the return journey on Monday again without any trouble, and a full compliment of boys (and coaches).

Before we travelled, the boys had been treated to a presentation from adventurer Gavan Hennigan and he asked them to represent us all well. They did their families, Galwegians and Ireland proud with no serious issues to contend with.

Thank you to all our parents and especially the organizing committee for all their hard work. Roll on the next trip!

Vincent O’Sullivan RIP

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of or club colleague and Past President Vincent (Vinny) O’Sullivan who passed away this morning.

How ironic that this comes so soon after the loss of his good friend and neighbour from Oranmore, Rod O’Driscoll. We are the poorer for their loss.

More details to follow.

Firsts v Corinthians away, Fri Jan 5th 7.45pm

Happy New Year to all Galwegians and may 2018 bring you much joy and happiness.

Our Firsts start back into All-Ireland League action when we travel across town next Friday night (Jan. 5th) to take on our rivals Corinthians in Cloonacauneen.

Note this game will have a slightly later kick-off time of 7.45pm.

This gives us a chance to regain local bragging rights after our 7-7 draw in November at Crowley Park. Beano, Anto and the boys badly need your support in this vital contest.

Please put it in the New year diary!

Featured Squad News: U15 Girls

This year we have made history as it is the first time we have entered a full team in the Girls league at U15. So far the girls are really approaching this new endeavour with great enthusiasm. They have played 3 games including their first Home game.

History Makers: U15s first Home game at Crowley Park.

The girls are a really positive hard working bunch of players and with healthy numbers training every Tuesday evening are growing stronger every week. It is a steep learning curve up against teams and players that have played in the league for the past season or two. However the management group are very excited about the potential of this group going forward given the obvious depth of talent and the positive attitude of all the players towards learning and having FUN. Next up is Westport at home this weekend.

Last Saturday brought a very positive reward for the girls when they were invited along with Connemara, Portumna and Corianthians to play at half time in the Sportsground for the Connacht v Munster womens InterPro match. This was a really positive experience with the added bonus of a brilliant Win for the Connacht Ladies.

There has been a lot of work put in in the girls section over the past few years and this is now starting to show some good progress. In the recent Connacht U18 Interpros, Galwegians had four players in the squad. Unfortuantly we dint have the numbers to enter a squad in the U18 league this season and are still actively trying to recruit more girls to come and give it a try.

There is a vibrant Minis section training every Saturday morning and our U13 girls regularly take part in Blitzs organised around the county. Always room for more girls at all ages. So if you know someone tell them to Give it a TRY!!

Featured Squad News: U16s

U16s have had a really productive league so far currently topping the league to Ballinasloe, the form team in Connacht in recent years. We are level on points but as we beat them, we sit top.

Our League began on Sat 23rd Sept with a well earned win v’s our city rivals Corinthians. We won this game well 29:3.
We had a very narrow defeat in a cracking home match v Monivea on Sat 28th Oct. This game started well for us with a penalty after 3 mins but we conceded a try on 5 mins and we lead 6:5 at the half. Monivea scored 2 unconverted breakaway tries in the second half to lead 15:6 but we answered with a converted try in the 55th minute and that was how it finished 15:13. The rivalry continues against worthy opponents.

NUIG failed to field for a second time against us and we were awarded the points on Oct 7th.

Next up was Buccaneers on Sat 4th Nov in Galwegians. Buccs are making great progress in a rebuilding of their squad but we won out 46:0 on the day. The scoreboard does not reflect the hard battle that took place between these teams. We scored 19 points in a 12 minute period that killed the challenge completely. Buccs were unlucky not to score on more than a couple of occasions.

Our next game was Sat 12th Nov and was also at home but to Ballinasloe whom we defeated 29:27 in a real cliffhanger. That game ebbed and flowed to and from us right throughout We handed them a 13:0 start which we clawed back to 14:13 at half time. We swapped tries in the second to end up 29:27 winners.

Our last game was away to Creggs in Creggs but under Floodlights on Friday night and what an occasion that was for all of us. Creggs as always were uncompromising and skilled around the park. We were level 7:7 after 6 minutes! Creggs lead 10:7 after 12 minutes while on 16 minutes we hit the whitewash again and converted to lead 14:10. By half-time it was game on again with the scoreline reading 19:17 to Galwegians. We did pull away after a fine display in the second half to finish winners on a scoreline of 41:17.

Next up for us this weekend is our second cross pool round 7 match V Castlebar. We play in Glenina at 12 pm this Saturday. Two more matches after this and we could be in League Final for the very first time in this squads history!

In February, we will travel to Treviso to play a couple of matches and watch the Connacht match in Treviso. Fundraising for this trip is in full swing – all help so far is greatly appreciated. We owe a huge thank you to the parents of the boys who have rallied to the fundraising challenge and also to traveling away (Creggs on a Friday was tough going on families) and providing great quantities of food and real Galwegian hospitality for all our home games.

Youth Academy Awardees 2016-17

The Youth Academy awards list for the 2016-17 season was announced at the prizegiving ceremony on May 10th.

  • Youth Academy Clubman of the Year: Eoin Fleetwood
Squad Player of the Year Most Improved Player Clubman
U13 Girls  Laura Hastings  Greta Thornton  Aoibhe Moran
U15 Girls  Victoria Lee  Rosa O’Connor  Ruby Lynch
U18 Girls  Claudia McNicholas  Kayley Mannion  Jordan Hopkins
U13 Blue  Callum Brown  Ben HcHugh  Daniel McInerney
U13 Black  David Kelly  Dara Regan  Conor Flynn
U14 Blue  Jack Fitzgerald  Roman Lees  Rossa Bolger
U14 Black  Luke Martyn  Mark O’Connor  Hugh Reddan
U15  Patrick Keane  Liam Griffin  Tom Kelly
U16 Jack Power  Theo Morvan Conor O’Shaughnessy
U17  Iarlaith Morrin Laheen  Gerry Durkin  Brian Burnell
U18.5  Michael O’Donnell  Dylan Hamill  Ethan Conroy

Galwegians Adult Mens Award Winners 2017

U20 Player of the Year: Fiachra Ó Gríofa

The U20’s player of the year is very well respected among his team mates. He can play in any position on the pitch he is asked to fill . He is the best tackler in the team and would run through a brick wall for you. He attends every training session. In the dressing room when he speaks everyone listens and does what he says. He is one for the future for the senior and junior teams.

Thirds Player of the Year:  Alan Campbell

In a transition season for the Thirds, consistency is vital. Both on training nights and on match day. Three, among others, are players we’d like to mention, Gary Carroll and David Stewart are two of these. But we are without any doubt on the Thirds player of the season. Only missing two games, and that owing to injury, is the man who led from the full back position.

Seconds/Junior Player of the Year: Eamonn Dowling

Our winner here has shown that his commitment to the Wegians jersey is second to none. He consistently gives 100% at every training session. At every match this season he has left it all on the pitch and played to the final whistle no matter what the score or circumstances. A great example to any young player both on and off the pitch.

Firsts/Senior Player of the Year: Josh Pim

This gentleman is a leader both on and off the pitch, his consistency throughout the season and past seasons shows his commitment to the club and team mates. His resilience to keep going through good and bad and the most severe pain threshold makes him an inspiration to others. This was typified by being called up to train with the Connacht Senior squad for the season.

Clubman of the Year: Martin Kelly

The club is very fortunate to have so many people giving of their time to keep all teams on the pitch. We acknowlege the
effort of all volunteers at all levels of the Club but it is our job to choose one as our recipient this year. This recipient had the thankless job of making sure we fulfilled our Junior League fixtures each week under very trying circumstances.
His team were rewarded by holding on to our J1A status and he carried out all of his duties with a smile. He was often first to training each night to carry out bags, bottles etc and became Mr Dependable as the season progressed to the end.

Vice President Declan O’Connor, Director of Rugby Paul Casserly, Junior Player of the Year Eamonn Dowling, Senior Player of the Year Josh Pim, President Billy Glynn, Clubman of the Year Martin Kelly and Chairman Paul Shelly

Galwegians Womens Award Winners 2017

Womens 2nd XV Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year: Edel Murray

This lady made the move from camogie to the oval ball this year and has made a serious impact to the Wegian’s women. Superstar for the seconds and try scorer for the firsts. Expecting big things from her!

Womens 1st XV Players’ Player of the Year: Beth Mallard

World Cup winning player for NZ. She moved to Galway to take up a post as a lecturer in NUIG & joined Galwegians.  She won silverware  with Wegians & had to retire as she had an old recurring knee injury.  She took up a post as coach with George Naoupu & Bundee Aki & managed to win the Irish Cup twice while coaching the team.  She took over as head coach when George left and the team continued to improve under her guidance. She has now decided to step aside as senior coach this season & spend some time coaching the U6s & her daughter Lola. She will be missed, but we wish her well in her new adventure as mini coach.

New Ireland Womens Internationals 2016-17

  • Ciara O’Connor – She was born in Tralee Co. Kerry, where she started her rugby playing days with Tralee RFC. She moved to Galway to take up a managerial post in Elverys Intersport. She joined Galwegians after moving west and has since played for Connacht.  She made her Irish debut this year against Scotland.
  • Nicole Fowley – Originally had a huge interest in soccer, decided to try rugby so she joined Sligo RFC.  She moved to Galway for work commitments & joined Galwegians & has since played for Connacht. She made her debut against England in the Autumn Internationals.  She picked up an injury so it ruled her out of the 6 Nations.  She is now back in contention for the World Cup.

Joe Tighe Award for Womens Player of the Year: Emma Cleary

This year it goes once again for the third time to the same player. She is an Accountant by profession and has been recently been offered an opportunity to take up a post in San Francisco with her company Oracle. A very popular winner once again. She will be sorely missed and hopefully will return in the not to distant future to play with us again.

Clubwoman of the Year: Edel Burke

Born in Whitegate Co. Clare, moved to Galway for work & joined Wegians. Played for years but had to retire through injury.  Wanted to stay involved so became manager & fixtures secretary, the latter she still does.  She also has a very important role as head chef for the women’s team.  She has cooked a hot meal for the teams playing in Wegians for many years.  The team cannot express enough gratitude to her & she has definitely earned this long over due award tonight.

Chairman Paul Shelly, Ireland International Ciara O’Connor, President Billy Glynn and Joe Tighe Award Player of the Year, Edel Cleary

Annual General Meeting in Glenina, Wednesday May 24th, 7.30pm

The last formal event in our club season is the Anual General Meeting.

This year our AGM date is fixed for the evening of Wednesday May 24th, 7.30pm.

The AGM will take place in our clubhouse, Glenina.

This is an important opportunity for all club members to have their say, and for us to recognise the important work done by the club officers.

Mini fixtures remaining in 2017

Click on the link below for a table or remaining Galwegians mini rugby fixtures for the 2016-17 season.

Please note that this is subject to changes. Parents will receive announcements by text message as normal.
Galwegians Remaining Mini Fixtures and Schedule 2017

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